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PartyFree November 13th, 2014 6:22am

A driver passes a car on a 2-lane road in the fog and hits a driver in the oncoming lane who is 24 weeks pregnant. The unborn baby is the only one who does not survive. Should the driver at fault be charged for the death of the fetus?

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kimberlyhope Florida
11/13/14 7:01 pm

I say yes, because there have been babies born at 24 weeks that have survived. It is possible that the baby could have been viable outside the womb.

11/13/14 4:33 pm

I like how democrats want the person to be charged for murder but when the child is purposely killed it means nothing

11/13/14 3:32 pm

A baby can survive a cesarean past around 20 weeks. Definitely at 24 weeks. So yeah, the driver ended its life & should be charged with whatever is locally applicable to unintentionally killing someone with a vehicle.

MrJamToTheJames Monterey
11/13/14 2:13 pm

well depends on if the driver was doing something illegegal when he hit them

steelcity Pittsburgh
11/13/14 11:38 am

Sounds like vehicular manslaughter to me.

theW0lf Leader of the Pack
11/13/14 11:03 am

It's not a fetus its a baby and yes

Whichendisup uniquely unoriginal
11/13/14 7:43 am

driver should be charged for something but what exactly I really can't say. I'd need much more time to formulate my idea regarding this bec it doesn't follow either end of the spectrum on this problem.

MorKurt Oregon
11/13/14 7:20 am

The only thing to make me vote no is that most states allow abortions up to 24 weeks pregnant. I am pro choice (although I think the age limit needs to be changed) and I don't feel right being a hypocrite.

leilu SoCal
11/13/14 3:49 pm

I don't think you'd be a hypocrite by voting yes, assuming the woman didn't want an abortion and the life of her baby was taken away by somebody else.

thatguy2 We tried to warn you
11/13/14 7:08 am

No. While I'd feel terrible for the soon-to-be parents, here are some of the consequences of granting a fetus personhood:

Arananthi Literal Ninja
11/13/14 7:05 am

Only if the mother decides to press charges for that particular aspect of the accident.

11/13/14 7:00 am

Not enough information here. We need time of day, density of fog, and awareness and skill level of driver at least.

Nemacyst No Lives Matter
11/13/14 6:11 am

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MaxDollaroff cynic turned skeptic
11/13/14 5:45 am

The reckless maneuver caused a death albeit unintentionally. Perhaps manslaughter or a reckless death charge would apply given the specifics of the case.

cowboy Doors of Perception
11/13/14 3:07 am

Yes. It's a human life.

HillaryRClinton 1599 Pennsylvania Ave.
11/13/14 1:14 am

Yes. He shouldn't drive in the fog because things like this can happen.

PartyFree Nowhere in Particular
11/13/14 12:26 am

My take on this: a baby is considered viable around 24 weeks. Since the child could have possibly survived outside of the womb (albeit with a huge amount of intervention) had s/he been born prematurely at this gestational age, charges are warranted.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
11/12/14 11:41 pm

You didn't call it a baby, but you referred to its death, so it was a human life. Negligent manslaughter.

PartyFree Nowhere in Particular
11/13/14 12:22 am

I worded it that way intentionally, referring to the lost life as a fetus once and an unborn baby once.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
11/13/14 12:28 am

I wasn't criticizing, PF, just playing attorney! :-D

PartyFree Nowhere in Particular
11/13/14 12:30 am

Ah, but you stated that I did not call it a baby, when I did. :-)
For what it's worth, I agree with you.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
11/13/14 12:33 am

Yeah, but no Law School for me! :-(
Great poll as usual! ❤️

swervin Maryland
11/12/14 11:30 pm

Yes. Just like if someone murders a pregnant woman, he gets charged with 2 murders.

11/13/14 7:32 am

In a land where abortion is legal, this is ridiculous. So, if a woman were on her way to an abortion clinic and gets hit, losing the baby, should that guy be charged with the baby's murder? See how ludicrous it is?

swervin Maryland
11/13/14 7:51 am

That's your opinion. You are entitled to it, just like I am to mine. It doesn't say legally could the driver be charged with anything, it says should the driver. I think he SHOULD.

PartyFree Nowhere in Particular
11/12/14 11:28 pm

Sadly, this happened Monday morning near where I live. Pictures at the bottom of the article show how thick the fog was. My heart breaks for this mother.